West Bengal: Teachers granted relaxation in retirement age, travel concession

The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee made an announcement recently. She said on Saturday that the retirement age of teachers in State’s colleges and universities will be increased to 62 years. Not only this, these teachers will also be part of health scheme. By doing this, their family members will also get benefit from the scheme.

Besides this scheme, there will be one more scheme, and that scheme will be for part-time and contractual staff. The name of the scheme is Swasthya Sathi scheme. Under this scheme, the staff will get medical insurance up to Rs. 5 lakh.

The demand was to increase the retirement age to 65 years, from existing 60 years. The demand lies with the rules at Central Universities. The government though agreed, increased the same by 2 years only. The announcement was made at Netaji Indoor Stadium where CM Mamta Banerjee also talked about granting leave travel concession to the teachers. The leave travel concession will be given to all the teachers from government-aided colleges and university. The teachers who have completed 20 years of their service are entitled to this scheme for travel outside India and those who have completed 10 years of their service can avail this facility within India.

The Chief Minister also made it clear that they will not tolerate any sort of indiscipline, be it from teachers or the students. Their main motive is to maintain discipline on campus. She also announced setting up of a centrally funded Visva Bharati University to be set up in Shantiniketan. While addressing the various professors and teachers at the venue, she also announced the Biswa Bangla University to be set up close to Visva Bharti campus, at Bolpur.

She said, “Bengal’s brain is a cultural brain and not a criminal brain. Why should our students run to Chicago and Harvard? We can create Chicago and Harvard-like universities here. Trinamool Congress government has increased the budget for education from Rs 111.74 crore to Rs 471 crore in four years.”

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